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Storm Sewers, Flooding, Empowered Queens United in Action & Leadership

EQUAL Confronts Dangers of Storm Sewers in Queens

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Queens Chronicle

Emily Lloyd, commissioner of New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, told a group of more than 200 people on Monday night that multiple means of combatting their chronic flooding problems have been deployed successfully, and that far more are coming.

Lloyd, appointed earlier this year by Mayor de Blasio, spoke at a meeting of the group Empowered Queens United in Action & Leadership, or EQUAL, a coalition of churches and civic organizations.


Transportation, Railway Lifts, Access, Kate Fitzgerald, Community Organizing in Australia

Sydney Alliance Fights for Railway Lifts at Neighborhood Station

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
St. George Sutherland Shire Leader

The community campaign for a lift at Arncliffe railway station has stepped up a notch, with Rockdale MP John Flowers throwing his support behind the push.

Mr Flowers joined members of Rockdale Residents Unite group and St George-Sutherland District of the Sydney Alliance outside the station recently to talk to commuters about the need for a lift.


Organizing in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, Anna Eng, RGV, Brownsville, Pharr, Hidalgo County

Valley Interfaith Celebrates 30th Anniversary in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The Monitor

Valley Interfaith celebrated its 30th anniversary Sunday afternoon at the Pharr Events Center, and Gurrola was among several community members who spoke to the more than 800-person audience about how the organization guided them when they needed it most.


Civic Engagement

Breaking Away

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

In the past year and a half, Baton Rouge has seen efforts to create a breakaway chamber of commerce, a breakaway school district and a breakaway city. Now, a conservative nonprofit has been created, reportedly, to challenge the one organization that is trying to bring Baton Rouge together...


Housing Demolition, Blight, Community Development, Training, Social Justice, Interfaith, Saul Alinsky, Joe Higgs, community organizing in the Midwest

OTOC Leverages Nearly $1M for Demolition & Training in Omaha

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
KETV

OTOC leader details why housing demolition is needed in Omaha.  Lead Organizer: Joe Higgs.Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) leaders applauded the decision of the Mayor and City Council to finalize $957,000 for demolition of condemned houses and $25,000 to support job training in the 2014 Budget...


Blight, Neighborhood Safety, Housing, organizing in Nebraska

OTOC Fights for $1 Million in Housing Demolition in Omaha

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
KETV

Omaha Together One Community wants both candidates to commit $1 million a year to the problem.  The city has 748 houses on its demolition list. On average, it costs the city about $12,000 to knock down a house -- but neighbors say it’s worth every penny.

West / Southwest IAF


Community Organizing in Texas, community organizing in Austin, organizing for better neighborhoods

Austin Interfaith Blocks Lobbyists from Rewriting Land Use Code

Friday, February 1, 2013
Austin American Statesman

After Austin Interfaith leaders took issue with a proposal that “would have allowed registered lobbyists to serve on the citizen committee that will guide the rewriting of the city’s land-development code…” the proposal was pulled.  Leaders said the proposal blurred “the lines between the duties and responsibilities of citizens in the democratic process and the role of … lobbyists who represent organized financial interests in the legislative process.”


Blight, Community Organizing in Mississippi, Community Organizing in Jackson

Working Together Jackson Fights Blight in Mississippi

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Clarion Ledger

Institutional leaders of Working Together Jackson began evaluating non-profit land trust models to help transform the Mid-City neighborhood of Jackson, Mississippi.  Based on conversations with neighbors and residents, Ms. Brent, President of the Mid-City Neighborhood Association, and Rev. Tucker Sr., pastor of True Vine, identified a number of things they would like to address: abandoned housing, overgrown lots, crime, mentoring for its youth and services for its elderly.  But people involved in the effort know that, as Rev. Tucker puts it, “the real work of rebuilding the neighborhood isn’t cutting lawns or boarding up houses. The real work is building relationships between its residents.”

While the non-profit land trust would take control of abandoned properties for rehabilitation and renovation, leaders of Working Together Jackson plan to continue the work of building relationships between neighbors.

Working Together Jackson Touts Turnaround in Mid-City NeighborhoodClarion Ledger

Land Trust a New Strategy in Fight Against BlightClarion Ledger


Neighborhood Development, Environment

Fighting the waters in Southeast Queens

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
New York Daily News

As our region continues to recover from the devastation of superstorm Sandy, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg have rightly said that the city and state need to update their infrastructure to deal with the increased likelihood of future flooding. Bloomberg even based his endorsement in the presidential race on President Obama’s position on climate change.


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